News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2005


Churchillís words still appropriate in this day

As World War II was about to come ashore in Great Britain, Prime Minister Winston Churchill rallied his nation for the sacrifices ahead.

The words he spoke in a House of Commons speech June 18, 1940, seem as fresh today as when Adolf Hitler tried to dominate the world:

He said:

"The battle of France is over. I expect that the battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life .... Let us therefore so brace ourselves ... that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will say, 'This was their finest

hour.' "

With terrorists having struck London for a second time within a two-week period, the new battle of Britain may be under way. If so, may this also be her finest hour.

Like Americans, the British are resilient people who scare but don't back down from a fight.

There's not much we can say to give the British heart after two weeks of barbarism. The best encouragement comes from Sir Winston who told the House of Commons, "We shall never surrender."

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